Statement of the UPDEPP Faculty and Administration Denouncing the PNP’s Red-tagging od UPDEPP (UP Clark) on Official FB Pages

16 February 2021

It has come to our attention that photos that erroneously identify the UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga (UP Clark), among other universities in Central Luzon, as a recruitment venue for the CPP-NPA, and which have already been denied by the heads of both the AFP and the PNP in September of 2020 as coming from any of their official social media accounts, are still up on the official Facebook pages of at least three PNP municipal and city police stations. As of today, 16 February 2021, the said photos are still up on the page of the Cantilan (Surigao del Sur) Municipal Police Station (posted 20 September 2020), the Coron Municipal Police Station (posted 15 January 2021 at 3:41 pm), and the Tacurong City (Sultan Kudarat) Police Station (posted 3 February 2021 at 10:18 am).

In September of last year, Facebook shut down 57 Facebook accounts, including 31 pages and 20 Instagram accounts linked to the AFP and PNP for “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” and these same photos were among those that were found to have violated the social media platform’s community standards. It is unfortunate that these photos containing false information that endangers our academic community continue to be published by unscrupulous members of the PNP on the force’s official social media accounts after the PNP vowed to ensure that it would continue to follow Facebook’s policies and observe cyber etiquette in all public engagements including social media platforms. We denounce this irresponsible behavior and ask the PNP to order the immediate removal of these posts.

Source: UP Clark FB page